Embrace the pain.
There isn’t a whole lot of happiness on display in this riveting crime thriller, which follows the disappearance of a young Boston girl.
Lives are ripped apart, on both sides of the law, in a beautifully bleak tale based on a book by Dennis Lehane, who gave us the equally hardscrabble Mystic River.
Ben Affleck, kickstarting a second career as a director, lets his powerhouse cast rip into the material, full to the brim with betrayal, angst, and hard-luck people chasing redemption.
Hits like a shot to the gut, and stings for a very long time.